WASD has built a strong network of researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current developments and challenges. This directory can be used to help find, support and collaborate with experts from the WASD network. Interested in joining the WASD expert directory? Complete the application form. Please check your details in our directory after 48 hrs and if you can not find your name, please contact the directory coordinator at sheema@sussex.ac.uk. You can also join the expert directories of our sister organisations: Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI) and Sudan Knowledge (SK).

Dr. Khalid M. E. El-Talaib

Assistant Professor

Dr Khalid M. E. El-Talaib graduated in 1998 with an MBBS from Gazira University in Sudan. He was medically trained in Sudan, doing an internship rotation from 1998 to 2000 and cardiology training from 2011 to 2014.…

Photo of Dr. Weili Qiu

Dr. Weili Qiu

Associate Professor

Dr. Weili Qiu is an associate professor of physical geography in Beijing Normal University, China. He has been teaching physical geography, geomorphology and geology since 1989. His research interests focus on land use and human impacts, geomorphology and quaternary environments, environmental archaeology and human nature relation in the past.…

Photo of John-Jay Asemota

John-Jay Asemota


John-Jay.J.Asemota  is the business and marketing consultant at Primus Global Resources,a firm that helps small and medium sized companies to achieve sustainable profitability through innovation and applied systems thinking. His clients include: a former state governor in Nigeria and numerous youth speakers and entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. …

Photo of Randa Hamza

Randa Hamza


Randa Hamza is a researcher in the Economic and Business History Research Center at the American University in Cairo. She earned her Master’s degree with highest Honours in Economics in International Development at the American University in Cairo.…

Photo of Dr. Hanan Taleb

Dr. Hanan Taleb

Assistant Professor

Dr. HananTaleb works at the British University in Dubai as an Atkins Assistant Professor in the MSc Sustainable Design of the Built Environment Programme. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield for her research on sustainable residential buildings in Saudi Arabia.…

Prof. Mervat El-Rafie


Prof. Mervat El-Rafi is a professor at Cairo University. She is an expert on public health and family medicine speciality MCH. Prof. Mervat El-Rafi is teaching all branches of public health more than 35 years.…

Dr. Louise Van Scheers

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Louise van Scheers is a senior lecturer in the Marketing and Retail Department, College of Economic and Management Science of the University of South Africa. She obtained a doctorate in Marketing from the University of South Africa in 1998.…

Photo of Mohamad Amin Hasbini

Mohamad Amin Hasbini

Doctoral Researcher

Mohammad Amin Hasbini joined Kaspersky Lab in 2013 as a Senior Security Researcher in the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT). Amin is responsible for the Kaspersky expert positioning in the Middle East and Africa, research development and knowledge support of the regional office in Dubai, UAE.…

Photo of Dr. Amit Kumar

Dr. Amit Kumar

Research Associate

Post-Doctoral Researcher with 3+ years of work experience in the research domain of science, technology, innovation policy studies and analysis: conducting policy-related research in the area of science, technology and innovation; both at national and international level; carrying out qualitative and quantitative analysis using research tools; preparing and delivering reports for international and national joint research projects; writing discussion papers/policy briefs/articles/reports; assisting in writing research proposals; providing Editorial assistance for the publication of articles/reports/policy briefs; and organizing/Coordinating National and International Conferences/Events.

Photo of Mr. Lim Kitack

Mr. Lim Kitack

Secretary General

Mr. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for an international shipping company.…

Photo of Dr. Muna Abdel Aziz

Dr. Muna Abdel Aziz


Muna Abdel Aziz is the Director of Public Health for Warrington. Muna has a medical degree and first started her career in public health in 1992 as an academic. She completed her MD in Sudan, PhD from Cambridge, and is professionally accredited as a specialist in public health in both countries.…

Dr. Esther Gyedu-Akoto


Esther Gyedu-Akoto is a Research Scientist in the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana with interests and expertise in the area of food product development. She was educated in Food Science at the University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.…

Rayan Mohammed Ahmed Madani

Reserach Assistant

Ms Rayan Mohammed Ahmed Madani is a research assistant at ENRRI. She holds a BSc Honours degree in biotechnology science from Omdurman Islamic University. She has attended many training courses in Sudan in molecular biology, micro-RNA and DNA CHIP technology and computational chemistry.…

Photo of Prof. Mogessie Ashenafi

Prof. Mogessie Ashenafi


Mogessie Ashenafi obtained a BSc and an MSc in Biology/Microbiology at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a PhD in Food Microbiology from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He is a Professor of Food Microbiology at the Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University.…

Dr. Jaafar AlMutawa


Dr. Jaafar AlMutawa received BSc and MSc degrees in Mathematics from the University of Bahrain in 1994 and 1999, respectively, and the PhD degree from Kyoto University in 2006. He has been a member of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, since 2006.…

Photo of Leigh-Ann Waldropt Bonair

Leigh-Ann Waldropt Bonair


Leigh-Ann Waldropt Bonair graduated from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Azhan Bin Hasan


Dr. Azhan Bin Hasan is aresearcher at University Teknolog Petronas, Malaysia.